No one wants to have to replace their teeth, but sometimes teeth need to be pulled due to a variety of reasons, such as being badly damaged either from trauma, decay, or when the infection is so serious that it does not respond to antibiotics and extraction is the only way to prevent the spread of the infection.If you reside or work in New York City, there are very good dentists in the area, like Dr. Moche, who has over 30 years of experience in cosmetic and restorative dentistry.
Once teeth are lost, dentists highly recommend replacing the missing gaps with artificial teeth. Aside from the sagging facial appearance that makes one look older, dentures should be used to prevent jaw problems and help with proper teeth alignment, essential for chewing food, which naturally helps with your nutrition. Other possible problems with unaligned teeth are gum diseases and more cavities because it would be more difficult to clean teeth that are drifting out of line.
Your local dentist or prosthodontist may suggest artificial substitutes or dentures to replace your missing teeth. These are made to closely resemble your natural teeth. There are two types of dentures: partial and complete.
Partial dentures also called “removable partial denture prostheses” or “partials” and are usually artificial teeth attached to a pink-colored plastic base or gum.Partialssometimes include a metal framework to hold the denture in placeusing clasps that are clung to nearby natural teeth. When partial dentures fill in the spaces created by missing teeth, it keeps the other teeth in place.
Complete dentures are used when all the teeth are missing. Normally known as “false teeth” or “full dentures,” they are mostly removable as they are held in place by suction. There are 2 types of complete dentures: conventional dentures and immediate dentures.
A conventional denture is usually ready to be worn from 8 – 12 weeks after all teeth have been removed, while immediate dentures are those that have been made in advance and can be used as soon as the teeth have been pulled out. The disadvantage of using immediate dentures is that when the gums heal over time, they often shrink. This would then require further adjustments in the future in order to make them fit perfectly. Usually immediate dentures are merely used while waiting for the conventional dentures to be made.
It can take quite some time to adjust to your new dentures. They often feel awkward in the beginning. Sometimes they may feel loose or sometimes you may feel sore in your gums. Sometimes too, you may find that you have more saliva flowing. Don’t worry. These are temporary problems that would go away as soon as your mouth becomes used to your new dentures.
CARING FOR YOUR DENTURES
It is advisable to practice good oral hygiene in order to properly care for your dentures.Like regular teeth, dentures should be kept clean from food particles andplaque, which can cause stains, gum diseases, and cavities. This will also help prevent irritation and bad breath as well as gum problems.
When you are not wearing your dentures, put them in water to prevent them from warping.
Dentures today are designed to be both comfortable and functional. Poorly fitted dentures may cause denture sores, so regular visits to your dentist will ensure that your dentures will continue to fit properly.
If you’re in NYC and need dentures, contact Manhattan dentist, Dr. Moche, and schedule an appointment. Dr. Moche’s denture services include new dentures, simple repairs, or repairs that require impressions, as well as same-day relines.